Research Papers/Topics in English And Literary Studies

RE-VISIONING HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE NIGERIAN NOVEL: A STUDY OF JUDE DIBIA’S WALKING WITH SHADOWS AND CHINELO OKPARANTA’S UNDER THE UDALA TREES

ABSTRACT Queer studies in Nigerian literature seem to still be stuck in the situation Chris Dunton described in 1989 claiming that homosexuality has been denied history by African writers. There has been a proliferation of works handling characters that are homosexual since the turn of the 21st Century, and not in the usual stereotypical and predictable way Dunton described. This study undertakes two such major works: Jude Dibia’s Walking with Shadows and Chinelo Okparanta’s...

THE DYNAMICS AND EXIGENCY OF THE QUEST FOR SELF IDENTITY: A PSYCHOANALYTIC EXPLORATION OF JUDE DIBIA’S UNBRIDLED AND WALKING WITH SHADOWS

This research work presents a focus on the nature and nuances of identity, through the lens of psychoanalysis and queer criticism respectively for the two novels under study.ABSTRACT Axiomatically, identity is the defining pivot of our lives; therefore, it is an exigency. The struggle for identity  and self-realisation forms  the overriding premise  of this  dissertation, especially as this struggle is reflected in the lives of Ngozi Akachi and Adrian Ebele Njoko, the...

Folktales and Proverbs in African Mythical Tradition: A study of K. Sello Duiker's HIDDEN STARS and Chinua Achebe's ARROW OF GOD

Folktales and folklore which are traditional art, literature, knowledge and practice disseminated largely through oral communication and behavioral examples were initially collected and documented by some writers for culture preservation only because they felt that these elements of folklore are going into extinction and need to be frozen in print, while some writers incorporate folklore materials in their novels, poems, drama for entertainment and culture preservation. These writers ar...

RE-WRITING THE PAST AND THE DILEMMA OF SOCIAL RELEVANCE IN TOYIN ABIODUN’S THE TRIALS OF AFONJA AND THE MARRIAGE OF ARIKE

This is a research on Toyin Abiodun's drama texts "The Marriage of Arike" and "The Trials of Afonja" describing it as books on history and African culture using the theory "New Historicism".ABSTRACTMany writers resort borrowing and incorporating elements of culture in their works other to preserve from extinction. The writers in this time are aware of the historicity of the people as well as the culture and aesthetics which he intends to capture. The intention here is to educate,entertain, as...

Culture and Language in African Literature: A Study of Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God

Abstract There  is  a  symbiotic  relationship  between  language,  culture  and  literature  as  each reinforces, projects and distills the other. The need for the projection of African culture had  informed the development of  modern African literature which serves to enlighten, educate and showcase African worldview, practices and problems. Against the Conradian misinformed notion of Africans as a people without culture,...

Afropolitanism and the Crises of Identity in Chimamanda Adichie's Americanah and Teju Cole's Open City

This is my B.A. long essay submitted to the department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria where I bagged Bachelor of Arts in English. AbstractThe experience of migration, exile, globalisation, identity, and their effects of hybridity, poly valency, Afropolitanism, cultural fusion, cross-ethnicity, transnationality and intermixture have been gaining prominence in literary productions for many decades now largely due to globalisation and increasing years of diasporic living. Afropolitan...

Realism in Nuruddin Farahs Crossbones

Realism in Nuruddin Farah's Crossbones is the realistic analysis of the effect of war in  Somalia. It mainly explores the realistic nature of war. Realism in Literature is the accurate representation of reality.

GENDER COMPLEMENTARITY In Ifeoma Okoye's Behind the Clouds And Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo's House of Symbols.

ABSTRACTThis study examines issues that border on the marriage institution and gender complementarity in the African/Nigerian society. The genders, more especially the female gender have all of a sudden become uncomfortable with their natural roles in matrimony as they now prefer the roles of their male counterpart. This has resulted to domestic upheaval which has spread to the African/Nigerian society as such, has hampered even development in the Africa continent. This study however, takes a...

Strategies used by secondary school teachers for promoting creative writing skills at the junior secondary school level

The work centred on the approaches or methods used by English teachers in the junior secondary schools in teaching and promoting creative writing skills. The rationale for the study arose from the poor creativity observed among junior secondary school students. Most of them can not even write a composition about themselves. The fault may not actually be from the students but of the teacher who does not make a concerted effort to bring out the skills in them. So the study is a descriptive surv...

A LINGUISTIC - STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF SOME SELECTED POEMS IN NIYI OSUNDARE'S "A CITY WITHOUT PEOPLE"

ABSTRACTThis research effort sets out to examine the stylistic features employed by Niyi Osundare in the poems, “the Language of Pain”, “Death Came Calling”, “with the Nib of a Borrowed Pen”, “The weeping Book”, and “The Lake came to my House”, culled from the anthology titled “A City Without People”. It also aims at analyzing the identified stylistic features, with a view to relating them with how they contribute to the messages of the poems and their readability. Thi...

LANGUAGE AND ENVIRONMENT IN AYI KWEI ARMAH’S THE BEAUTYFUL ONES ARE NOT YET BORN

ABSTRACT This long essayproposes an analytic and a cross-analytic review of the language choice ofenvironment in Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born. The novel tellsthe story of a character, simply called “the Man” who is surrounded bycorruption in a corrupt West African state, and how he (the Man) struggles tokeep out of the overpowering mess. It also presents the story of a man’sloneliness and anguish at the physical and social filth a...

TRUE AND FAIR view concept

INTRODUCTION  The “true and fair view concept is one of two competing but not mutually exclusive legal standards for financial reporting quality that have been subjected to serious debated  on their meaning use and importance. The other is presently fare in conformity with vernally accepted accounting principles. While the former is closely identified with judgment and is used in the united kingdom, nigeran and toehr countries, the later is the standard for united state (US) ...

The Semantic Analysis Of Slang And Jagons In The Nigerian Military Barracks: A Study Of Selected Barracks In Lagos State

ABSTRACTThe role language plays in the context of society or the individual is also referred to by the term function.  Language is used to communicate ideas, to express attitudes, and so on. It may also be used to identify specific situations such as informality or intimacy. Language can also come as slang. While slang is a variety of speech characterized by newly coined and rapidly changing vocabulary, used by the young or by the social and professional groups for ‘in-group’ communi...

Stylistic Analysis of The Campaign Rhetoric of 2015 Nigerian Presidential Election

This work only contains Chapter 3, 4 and 5.CHAPTER 3APPROACHES TO STYLISTIC ANALYSISTHE CAMPAIGN SPEECH OF GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARICHAPTER FOUR DATA ANALYSIS CHAPTER FIVESUMMARY OF FINDING AND CONCLUSION  

POLITICS AND AESTHETICS IN SELECTED PLAYS OF WOLE SOYINKA

ABSTRACTThis study has been embarked upon to present the politics and aesthetics in selected plays of Wole Soyinka paying much attention to his The Beatification of Area Boy and Kongi’s Harvest. The study has been able to extract and discuss the ways in which Wole Soyinka applied cultural artifacts to political issues to depict the happenings in his immediate society. The sociological approach has been used in respect to the Marxist theory. The study has conclusively pointed to the fact tha...


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